30 lucky PHers were plucked from the relative obscurity of the internet via a competition we ran recently, and our group of lucky winners joined us at Mercedes-Benz World to 'drive' the new SLS AMG on the as yet unreleased Gran Turismo 5.
The wait for GT5 has been long and painful, but what we saw on the night suggests the the game will be well worth the wait, with sharp graphics and great feedback for the 'driver'. The game also appeared to have the ability to make the 27 PHers (3 didnt make it) who drive real cars every day, look very nervous indeed!
1. Andrew O'Malley - 7.48.154
2. Martin Pett - 8.01.834
3. Anthiny Gnapp - 8.02.387
4. Rick Ware - 8.03.226
5. Si Banks - 8.07.630
6. Richard Philips - 8.14.643
7. Chris Farr - 8.19.051
8. Graham Hall - 8.30.505
9. Rupert Clark - 8.31.146
10. Dave White - 8.38.203
The driving pods were sensational, and as you can see from the pics, were not only fitted with a large LCD screen but also a genuine SLS AMG seat too. Best of all, the pods will be at Mercedes-Benz World for the next few weeks so make sure you pop along and have a go for yourself.
In addition to playing on GT5, we also had the whole of Mercedes-Benz World to ourselves as this was an after hours lock-in, so we spent much of the time looking at the display cars and wondering how we could divert the security guard's attention for long enough for us to replicate 'Gone in 60 seconds'. Sadly, we didn't quite pull it off and as a result the gold SEC lives to see another day. (As does the G-Wagen, which came a close second on my wish list).
In-between all of this (and playing in MLs on the off-road course) we were also fed by the same chaps who look after Lewis and Button in the F1 paddock on race day. It's fair to say that the team went above and beyond the call of duty with the food, as we were presented not only with a delicious PH burger from Jody Scheckters farm, but also a huge Smiley cake for desert too. It's a wonder that F1 drivers aren't much fatter with this level of catering!
As nights out go, this was one the best. Thanks to all the PHers who came along to join us, and thanks (as ever) to Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-Benz World for looking after us so well.